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I am a creative, homely and domesticated mother of two very active boys, the loving, loyal and by rare request slutty wife to my considerably older husband, a devoted daughter to my mother, uncivilized to the rest of my family and misunderstood by everyone else. Like I give a flying rats ass.

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Monday, January 31, 2005
Driving in the Snow and Ice...

There were only a few curves and hills that I worried about as I trotted through the snow with my sleeping babies. Thank God they were sleeping, I'm not positive that I could have concentrated enough to get us home safe had they been awake. Down Fisher Valley, I slipped a few times. The mountainous road is curvey and very dangerous in any weather with the only exception being sunny and clear. In second gear and cruising at 20 miles per hour, I topped the hill that worried me so - the one that Mom wrecked on during an ice storm. I felt at ease then but was still cautious. Once on Zephyr Road, I again began to get fearful, I had to cross the bridge that spans 4 lanes of interstate highway. Bridges ice faster than roads and if the road is already ice, the bridge is pretty much uncrossable. I made my way, slipping a few times. Finally, I was over the bridge and decided to stop at the store to get milk. I didn't know how long it would be before I could travel the roads again. I purchased the milk and took a heavy sigh before returning to the road.

A few years ago, I wrecked my camaro on a certain curve that I had to go around on the icy road. I had forgotten about the curve before I got to it and dreaded it once I realized that I had to take the curve. Just before I would have to round it, a spotted another vehicle coming around. I slowed down enough so that both of us would not have to share the road in the middle of the curve. I'm glad that I did, that motorist spun out and landed in a ditch. I did not want to go any further but I was halfway home. I phoned the state police, without stopping, and continued safely through the curve. Now I was approaching the city of Dobson and with an eased heart, I continued through the snow and ice at the cruising speed of 20 mph. I was approaching the stop lights before I realized that I would have to stop if the light was red. I did not want to stop, it is easier to slow down than to stop. Once you stop it is hard to get going again.. The heavens were with me because as I slowed to stop for the red light, it changed to green and I did not have to stop completely. I had one more turn to take before I could get out of the car with my children. A truck came up behind me as I had to take the sharp road to the left, he was right on the back of my car and I feared to slow down. I tapped my brakes a couple of times and gave a signal, hoping he would back off but he didn't. I took the turn with him hard on my heels. Finally I am on my road, the one that held my house only 2.7 miles away. I tried not to get too excited that I had made it. I lacked one huge hill before I could turn into my driveway. I shifted to first gear and took the hill at 10 mph. The truck behind me was not happy about my driving skills. I assume he wanted me to go 55mph on the ice. He was on his horn so that it woke Isaac and Nicholas up. Hanna began barking and I had only a half of a mile to go. I could see the lights of my porch on and I was happy to turn off of the road and into my front yard. I didn't want to risk the driveway under the current conditions. It would have been something to make it home - 11 miles through the snow and ice - and end up wrecking on my own driveway.

I made it. The car made it. The kids made it.

~Thanks again Chris

Saturday, January 29, 2005
Wonderous Winterland...

I've known for a few days that the weather here was going to take a turn for the worse. I put off grocery shopping and stocking up dispite my knowledge. Friday involved a busy afternoon in the car, picking up children and taking Hanna to the vet for a rabies shot. By the time I got out of the vet's office I was ready to go home but alas, I had to make what I thought would be a quick trip into Wal-Mart. I hate Wal-Mart but it happened to be on the way home and I was in a hurry. My quick trip ended up as an hour adventure but it was worth it, I got the things that I needed for Hanna. Once I got back to Mom's, I was exhausted and didn't want to go any further. I spent last night at Mom's.

Due to the expected changes in the weather, I had myself and the kids ready by 9:30AM to go to the grocery store and home but I opened the door and the ice was already coming down. I closed the door, took our coats off and settled in. I had planned on spending the entire storm at Mom's house but changed my mind about 7:30PM tonight. There was already about 6 inched of snow piled on the 2 hour ice accumilation and it was sleeting again. I called Tim, told him my plans, packed up the kids and the dog and we were on our way.

I have only driven in the snow and ice a couple of times - 5 times to be exact. I wouldn't exactly call myself an expert but I did get a couple of lessons in Canada *thanks Chris*. I was nervous, I have to admit it but my car has good tires, its in great running ability and I did have my cellphone.

There are only about 4 ways to get home from Mom's house. I carefully considered each way as the car warmed up. The first three ways to go involve barely used, curvy mountain roads and are definately not safe during the weather. The forth features a huge hill that Mom actually wrecked on after a previous ice storm but it was the road more traveled. It took the car 10 minutes and my scraping the windows for the windows to thaw. Finally I was on my way!

more to come later...

Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Busy but making it...

Have you ever felt like a magician? Or maybe a miracle worker? I have recently. I've been managing to keep the house clean, kids happy, dog satisfied, Tim full and work productively. Damn I'm tired.

eM - I need you to pick out the design you like and email me with the results.

~~expect more later people lol

Sunday, January 16, 2005
It has been awhile...

I had full intentions of posting everyday this year. It's amazing how life turns and twists you away from the things that you want to do. Our lives have changed just a bit since the first day of the New Year. All of these changes can be summed up with one picture - tell me what is new.

Introducing Hanna. Hanna is a 15 month old rottweiler. Rottweilers have a bad reputations. I hope the next few pictures capture her special nature.

As you can see, she is a very calm and loving dog. She is perfectly capable of guarding our home though.

Here are some bonus pictures, be sure to pay attention to Nicholas's mouth.

Oh and eM, I'm just about finished with your site lol.

Saturday, January 01, 2005
Always a first...

Traditionally, it was thought that one could affect the luck they would have throughout the coming year by what they did or ate on the first day of the year. For that reason, it has become common for folks to celebrate the first few minutes of a brand new year in the company of family and friends. Parties often last into the middle of the night after the ringing in of a new year. It was once believed that the first visitor on New Year's Day would bring either good luck or bad luck the rest of the year. It was particularly lucky if that visitor happened to be a tall dark-haired man.

I did not get a tall dark-haired man for a visitor today. I did have a dark-haired man and a tall man but they were different men. My biological dad, grandpa, mom, Austin, Tim, Isaac, Nicholas and I had dinner together at my house. My mom and I cooked but it was mostly mom cooking while I took a nap with Nicholas.

If today was any fore shadow of what I will be doing next year, it is going to be a great year.

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